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Anigrand #AA2029 1/72 Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III



 
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Kit #AA2029. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals.In 1955, with the success of the F8U-1 and -2, Vought started to conceive a more powerful fighter design, the XF8U-3. Although it was similar to the F8Us and carried F8 designation, the aircraft was entirely a new design that installed larger fuselage to accommodate the powerful new J75 engine. The U.S. Navy was interested in the design and signed contract with Vought for five prototypes to compete with McDonnell XF4H-1. The first flight was made in mid-1958. The performance and handling were judged as excellent. During flight tests, it achieved speed of Mach 2.39 with a potential to reach Mach 3. A few months later, the test program was ended because of the heat limitations of the acrylic windshield which could not handle high temperatures encountered in flight. In December 1958, the Navy chose the F4H as the winner of contest, and cancelled the XF8U-3 contract. Three prototypes were passed to NASA for further high-altitude/sonic boom tests until scrapped in 1960.


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